Day two at the 2018 Trophy D’ecosse has been a success. We received the best news this morning. The three missing skate bags had been located and would be arriving before our unofficial practice this afternoon. We would like to say thank you to everyone who helped us with returning our bags. With your help, our team is now back to full strength!
We had a relaxing morning with a bit of local shopping along with homework. As a college team, we have to keep up on our studies while we are away competing. Thankfully we have some awesome teammates who are there to help out with a wide variety of subjects.
Our afternoon was spent at the competition rink for our unofficial practice. We worked on fine tuning details in both of our programs before the competition begins tomorrow. We received lots of great feedback from both our coaches and team leaders. They provided us with great tips and we were able to make solid corrections. Our practice went very well once again and we are ready to show off our short program on Friday night.
Our day concluded with the competition draw. It started with a parade of flags that was led by a man playing bag pipes. He performed a few more songs once the parade concluded. One of these included “The Hokey Pokey”. This got the entire room on their feet and dancing around. For the short program, we drew 3rd for our starting position. We will be competing against teams from Great Britain and Canada. We want to wish all the teams competing the best of luck, especially our Team USA junior teams! It should be a great competition.
Today started off with official practices for the junior and senior short programs at the Ice Bowl here in Dumfries, Scotland. At our official, we put out a strong skate. We received great feedback from our team leader that gave us great confidence going into the afternoon. It was an extremely successful day for all of the Team USA teams. The junior division started off the competition this afternoon. Chicago Jazz and the Hockettes, who are both representing Team USA, are currently first and second respectively, after the short program. They both skated wonderful programs that were rewarded by thunderous applause.
Next on the schedule was the senior division, where five teams competed. We skated an extremely strong and powerful short program that earned us a seasons best score of 58.34. The rink atmosphere was incredible tonight. The stands were packed with synchro fans of all ages cheering us on. We are beyond proud of our skate tonight and we are looking forward to the long program tomorrow. We were also presented with a special award that was for the Most Entertaining Performance of the day, as voted on by the officials. We are extremely humbled and honored to have received this award.
Some of the younger teams also competed today and were presented their awards on the ice. It is always exciting to see the Juvenile level, as they are the future of our sport.
Best of luck to all of the teams competing tomorrow!